What role should employers play in skills and education? And what role will e-learning possibly play?

As we have noted in the previous blog post, the UK government is giving increasing prominence to employer led training with now two rounds of “Employer Owned Pilots” – meaning large employers or groups of employers are developing courses to skill up their workforce. The work is being piloted with employers by UK CES and we are seeing an impressive raft of projects emerge, you can see the range of projects here Some of the highlights are offered in summary, but it is a change from a Push model of training to a Pull model of training. A Policy synopsis of sorts! In short employers directly are taking responsibility for delivering training with funding being directly allocated to them, and not to colleges or training providers. Government thinking is quite straightforward, employers have complained for too long that newly recruited workers (students and others) are ill equipped when entering the workplace and the courses pushed at them by colleges and other funded training providers do not meet their specific needs. Consequently the government’s attitude is to turn the problem round on the employer in a very direct way, bypassing Colleges and Sector Skills from the “Push” factor of courses and curriculum. In effect saying OK employer…..you decide; you put the “Pull” on the provider.  These are still pilots but likely to develop beyond the second round it appears. Joint funding The employer is also responsible for funding a significant proportion of the training costs, giving additional incentive to ensure alignment of the training provision to their operational needs. This is designed to move beyond qualification collection to actual impact...

eFolio in the UK and Europe

e-Portfolios are coming. But how much do teachers really understand about e-Portfolios? How will it change Teaching and Learning? How will it affect working conditions? Do parents have a say in all of this? And what do students think? Take a look at the future of...